Summer is meant for outdoor concerts, and in Faribault, you can catch free music in the park all summer long!
For 132 years, Faribault residents and visitors have been able to enjoy the free concert series! If you are looking for things to do in Southern Minnesota, you won’t want to miss these free concerts in the park! Concerts begin at 7pm, and while some seating is available, it’s best to plan to bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the show. There is a wide array of music, so there is something for everyone!
June 14 The series kicks off with the 8th Street Band. Playing a bit of rock and a bit of country, the 8th Street band will have you dancing in the park.
June 21 Catch the Bavarian Musikmeisters. 35 members strong, the Bavarian Musikmeisters are a wind instrument band that continues the heritage of traditional German music.
June 28 Listen to Little Chicago. Playing hits from the 60’s and 70’s, the Little Chicago band will have your toes tapping with a mix of pop, rock, and country all played on their horns.
July 5 The Mankato Area Community Band performs. Just one day after Independence Day, this concert will focus around a patriotic theme. Boasting over 50 musicians, the Mankato Area Community Band is a full concert band that has existed since 1923 and performs marches, jazz, movie sound track tunes, big band, and more.
July 12 Enjoy the music of Long Time Gone. Bluegrass mixed with original tunes, plus Celtic songs, banjo numbers, and songs from the 20’s make-up part of Long Time Gone’s set list. They like to keep the show exciting with an array of music and instrument swapping.
July 19 Take in the Owatonna Community Band. Establish in 1979, the Owatonna Community Band is known for their fantastic renditions of concert band pieces. Faribault’s historic band shell was designed in a way that accentuates this style of music and band.
July 26 the Everett Smithson Band performs. Playing blues, rockabilly, and roots music along with swamp rock with a creole flavor, the Everett Smithson Band creates a sense of fun and excitement at all of their shoes.
Aug. 2 Catch Due North. Quickly gaining a reputation as a Faribault favorite group, Due North an a cappella ensemble from Minnesota. Its name was inspired from Minnesota’s Star of the North. They have performed at Winterfest, and several downtown venues, and now they take the stage at Central Park.
Aug. 9 The Bend in the River Big Band plays. A well-known jazz big band, the Bend in the River Big Band’s selections include the best of jazz and big band compositions from today and years gone by.
Aug. 16 Listen to the Gold Star Band. With six musicians, two of whom are members of the MN Music Hall of Fame, the Gold Star Band is a talented group who cover country music, playing both current and classic favorites.
Aug. 23 The season closes with Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing. The only concert of the series that takes place away from Central Park, this concert will be held at the River Bend Nature Center as they mark 40 years. Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings are swing are incredibly popular in the Faribault area, with great attendance at all of their shows. The group performs music that predates the 1950’s and will inspire you to tap your toes.